Muslim Council of France asks mosques to denounce “terror” | News from the Paris attacks


The representative body for Muslims in France calls on the country’s 2,500 mosques to condemn such acts “without ambiguity”.

The representative body of Muslims in France called on the country’s 2,500 mosques to condemn “all forms of violence or terrorism” in prayers this Friday.

The call comes days after a series of coordinated attacks across Paris killed 129 people.

The message will condemn such acts “without ambiguity,” said the French Muslim Council (CFCM).

“French Muslims want to proclaim their unwavering attachment to the republican pact and to the values ​​that formed France,” a spokesperson for the group told French newspaper Le Figaro.

The Great Mosque, the most important Muslim place of worship in France, also called on all French imams to lead the faithful in Friday prayers for the victims of the attacks on the Bataclan theater, the Stade de France and several restaurants around the capital. last Friday.

The rector of the Dalil Boubakeur mosque expressed his “horror” at the “unspeakable acts” which had targeted Parisians “absolutely innocent”.

“We Muslims in France can only insist on the need for national unity to oppose this misfortune which afflicts us and which attacks indiscriminately”, he declared.

“We are all victims of this barbarism,” he said.

It remains to be seen whether all mosques will respond to CFCM’s call for a unified sermon.

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The suicide bombers behind Friday’s attacks on the national stadium, a crowded concert hall, bars and restaurants were “people who call themselves Muslims but who should, by right, be treated as barbarians,” Boubakeur said. .

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Emergency state

The Grand Mosque had previously urged Muslims to gather at the mosque to say “No to terror” and “We are all Paris!” “, But the rally, scheduled for Friday, was canceled because the country remained in a state of emergency.

The lower house of the French parliament voted Thursday to extend the state of emergency for three months, on the advice of President François Hollande.

Bernard Cazeneuve, France’s interior minister, said the state of emergency meant a harsher crackdown on those “who preach hatred in France”, including through expulsions and “dissolution of radical mosques”.

“I did not wait for a state of emergency to track down radical imams who preach hatred and address me to places of worship where they preach this hatred,” Cazeneuve said in an interview with France 2 TV.


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